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The Top 10 Productivity Killers at Work Are…

How Much Time Do Employees Waste On Productivity Killers at Work?Whether you call it multitasking, recharging or just good ol’ fashioned procrastinating, we’ve all been guilty of taking a minute here and there during the work day to refresh our Facebook feed, check the latest World Cup scores or run out to grab a cupcake. But which of these distractions cut into U.S. workers’ daily productivity the most?

In a new CareerBuilder survey, employers reveal the top 10 productivity killers at work. Read the full press release here.

More than 1 in 4 (24 percent) workers aren’t afraid to spend at least an hour of the work day jumping on personal calls or sending personal emails or texts. Meanwhile, more than 1 in 5 (21 percent) admit that they spend about an hour or more online engaging in non-work-related activities.

Here’s a breakdown of the top 10 productivity killers at work, according to employers. TWEET THIS

  1. Cell phone/texting — 50 percent.
  2. Gossip — 42 percent.
  3. The Internet — 39 percent.
  4. Social media — 38 percent.
  5. Snack breaks or smoke breaks — 27 percent.
  6. Noisy co-workers — 24 percent.
  7. Meetings — 23 percent.
  8. Email — 23 percent.
  9. Co-workers dropping by — 23 percent.
  10. Co-workers putting calls on speaker phone — 10 percent.

The biggest productivity killers at work

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Deanna Hartley

About Deanna Hartley

Deanna Hartley is a senior copywriter and community manager on the creative services team at CareerBuilder, where she writes about issues that are top of mind for employers and recruiters – including talent acquisition, employee engagement and retention. An avid social media user, Deanna is the face behind @CBforEmployers on Twitter as well as CBforEmployers’ Facebook and Instagram pages, so it’s easy to stay connected with her. Prior to joining CareerBuilder, Deanna was a senior editor for the Human Capital Media Group, publishers of Talent Management, Chief Learning Officer, Diversity Executive and Workforce Management magazines. Deanna holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She loves caffeine, social media, pop culture and dogs – though not necessarily in that order.


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